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Exclusive Brethren strike again

Thu 8 Dec 2005 In: New Zealand Daily News

Yesterday, on the day the Marriage Amendment Bill was read in parliament, a flyer appeared in all MP's mailboxes from the same group of Exclusive Brethren who were involved in smear campaigns before this year's election. The A4 flyer urged MP's to "seriously consider" their position on the Bill, saying "All members of Parliament have a duty before God to uphold the sacred institution of marriage." The authors of the flyer were four of the "secret seven" Exclusive Brethren members at the centre of controversy leading up to the general election. They had sent out flyers to households throughout the country urging people to vote National, suggesting, among other things, that left-wing parties would "create rainbow communities" should they remain in power. The Marriage Amendment Bill, which sought to prevent same-sex marriage, was thrown out of parliament yesterday.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Thursday, 8th December 2005 - 12:00pm

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